Satan's Hollow is a shoot 'em up arcade game released by Bally Midway in 1982.
The gameplay is similar to Galaga from Namco: the player must destroy the flying formations of gargoyles in order to pick up pieces of a bridge that must be built over a river of lava. As the game progresses, the gargoyles begin to throw exploding eggs, along with rocks that can destroy bridge sections; the player also occasionally faces disembodied devil heads that float around the screen and spit fire. In addition to firing rockets at the enemies, the player can use a shield that will destroy any enemy touching it. However, this shield can only be used for a short time before it must shut down to recharge. Gargoyles will sometimes attempt to steal a ship from the player's reserve lives, similar to Galaga.
Once the bridge is completed, the player can immediately cross it to face Satan. Destroying him scores bonus points based on the number of waves completed to that point, and also upgrades the rocket launcher. The player then resumes the battle against the gargoyles and must start building a new, longer bridge in order to fight Satan again. The sky darkens on later waves, making it more difficult to see the enemies.
It was created by Bill Adams who also was the lead programmer of Tron.
August 11, 2015 Subject:
Pretty darn close to the original
First off, let me say this game is best played in full-screen mode. The controls are as follows
on a PC:
Left Arrow - move left
Right Arrow - move right
Either Alt key - Shield
Either Ctrl key - Fire
5 key (top row) - Insert Coin
1 key (top row) - 1 Players
2 key (top row) - 2 players
P key - Pause game
Overall, game is a great emulation of the original arcade game. It's a little buggy and will sometimes crash unexpectedly but it's as much fun as it was in 1982, plus I'm saving a lot of quarters and I don't have to brush the hair out of my eyes. Nice job.